Poetry Friday: Can You Wiggle Like a Worm?

HOP TO IT: Poems to Get You Moving by Janet Wong and Sylvia Vardell is a gem of a book! And I feel so honored to be included and in the company of such wonderfully talented poets. I’ve had so much fun spreading the word about this book and participating in a couple of Zoom gatherings.

After I came across the call for submissions and what Janet and Sylvia were looking for, I started thinking about the many classrooms I worked in over the years. Often when I would go in to do a whole-class lesson, the teacher would greet me then say something about helping the kids get their wiggles out first. A quick song or chant with movement would follow. So when I came up with “wiggle” and “jiggle” I put them together for my first stanza.

Can You Wiggle Like a Worm?
by Rose Cappelli

Can you wiggle, wiggle, wiggle
Like a worm, worm, worm?
Can you jiggle, jiggle, jiggle
As you squirm?

Can you paddle, paddle, paddle
Like a dog, dog, dog?
Can you hop, hop, hop
Like a frog?

Can you climb, climb, climb
Like a cat, cat, cat?
Can you flap, flap, flap
Like a bat?

Wiggle, jiggle,
Paddle, hop,
Climb, flap,
STOP!

You can order HOP TO IT at QEP Books here. Robyn Hood Black is hosting a Hop To It blog tour today along with Poetry Friday here. Thanks, Robyn, for hosting.

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15 Responses to Poetry Friday: Can You Wiggle Like a Worm?

  1. janicescully says:

    What a fun poem, Rose. Congratulations! I can see kids moving to this and I’m sure many will.

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  2. Janet Wong says:

    Your years of experience as a teacher really come through here, Rose! I’ve shared this poem with kids and they have LOVED it!!! (It really does help get kids the wiggles out so they’re ready to learn.)

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  3. So. Much. Fun, Rose. These days we’re wiggle…flapping behind our screens. Never the less, movement anywhere and anytime is a good thing. Your poem is a good thing. 🙂

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  4. mbhmaine says:

    Oh! This is such fun! I can so easily imagine students engaged in all sorts of wiggling, paddling, etc. and then laughing at the sudden, final STOP! Congratulations and thanks for sharing.

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  5. lindabaie says:

    Watching my young granddaughter tumble over the chairs & sofas at her home makes me laugh at your wiggling and jiggling, Rose! I know whereof you write! This is hilariously true!

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  6. Mitchell Linda says:

    I love it! What a great example of repetition being fun, fun, fun!

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  7. maryleehahn says:

    I can imagine this being used to settle classes of all ages! Well done!

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  8. Fran Haley says:

    Rose, the rhythm in your adorable poem is so much fun! I can see kids hopping in place and flapping wings and all those movements, wiggling with delight and giggling – congratulations!

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  9. margaretsmn says:

    Your poem is so perfect for getting the wiggles out. Often when I have to test young ones, I do some wiggling and giggling. Next time, I’ll read your poem. Or rather, perform it.

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  10. Michelle Heidenrich Barnes says:

    Such a fun poem for the classroom, Rose! I enjoyed meeting you “in person” at the zoom party. 🙂

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  11. More HOP TO IT magic! Thanks for sharing, Rose – such a perfect poem for little wiggle worms. :0)

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  12. cvarsalona says:

    Rose, I have started this comment several times and always had to leave before I pressed send. I enjoyed your poem, its liveliness, its movement, and just plain fun for little ones. I can see my granddaughter enacting this poem with me.

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